Single Sign On/Patient Context Sharing Standard - version 1.5

Single sign on is the process where a user logs on once and is able to access a range of applications through multiple channels without having to log on again.

Patient context sharing is the sharing of clinical information across applications so that specific content for a given patient can be immediately displayed without having to reselect it within each application.

This standard allows you to benefit from these two processes and access a range of ehealth solutions including the Connecting Ontario, Cancer Care Ontario and Ontario Telemedicine Network portals.

Scope

The single sign on/patient context sharing standard is based on the OASIS* SAML** version 2 specification with ehealth specific attributes added to the message. SAML is a standard format used in federated systems for the purpose of exchanging authentication data.

Specifically developed to pass required provider and patient data between federated partners, this standard enables a variety of capabilities including:

  • Provider identity verification
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Provider workflow enhancements (passing patient context)
  • Consent management
  • Auditing and compliance.
  • Security and access management.

Adoption of this specification leads to an ecosystem of connected applications, delivering a wealth of patient information, in a secure and trusted fashion to Ontario’s health care providers. 

* OASIS is the organization for the advancement of structured information standards.
**SAML is the security assertion markup language standard, which defines a framework for exchanging security information between online business partners.

This publication has been exempted from translation under the French Language Services Act as per O. Reg. 671/92. This publication is technical in nature and is available in English only due to its limited targeted audience.

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This publication has been exempted from translation under the French Language Services Act as per O. Reg. 671/92. This publication is technical in nature and is available in English only due to its limited targeted audience.

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Status

  • March 16, 2017

    EHR Architecture and Standards Strategic Committee approval

  • January 27, 2017

    Open Review Period

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